Thursday, January 14, 2010

'They Are In An Absolute Panic Mode'

Considering Democrat heavy hitters Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are justifiably occupied with developments in Haiti, won't it look a bit unseemly if they put Democratic Party politics ahead of relief efforts?

Things are looking desperate for Martha Coakley, that's for sure.

Just wondering.
“This race affects everyone - everyone,” Brown says over and over again. “Forget about the letter after my name. If I win, this broken health-care bill goes back to the drawing board.”

Which is why the city was buzzing yesterday with unconfirmed reports that Barack Obama may have changed his mind about staying out of the race. The rumor was that he may fly into Boston this weekend on behalf of the flailing Coakley, whose lead in the latest poll has shrunk to two points. Coakley is still favored to win, but what Brown calls “the machine” is stunned. In the most recent Rasmussen poll, Brown leads Coakley among independents 71-23.

“They are in an absolute panic mode,” one prominent Bay State Democrat was saying yesterday. “They don’t care if bringing in Barack energizes the Republicans and independents - how much more energized can they get? Obama’s people have to get the minority vote out, and Coakley sure can’t do it herself. It’s risky, but it may be the only way now to save her.”

The national Democrats are pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race in the final days. On TV and radio here, Scott Brown’s first name is now “Republican,” as in “Republican Scott Brown.” The SEIU,, NARAL - all the usual suspects are on board. The “A” word - abortion - is heard once more in the land. But Coakley’s first 30-second hit piece fell a bit flat when, at the end, the campaign misspelled the name of her state as “Massachusettes.”

“Maybe Martha should talk to some people who actually live here,” Brown said yesterday.
Brown, meanwhile, tells Obama to take a hike.

The operative word of the day is fear.
A palpable fear gripped the Coakley campaign as internal Democratic polling showed Brown’s numbers rising, a source told the Herald.

The onslaught continued as Brown’s daughter Ayla of “American Idol” fame and her sister Arianna took to the radio airwaves with a new ad claiming Coakley and her supporters were saying “hurtful and dishonest things about our dad.”

Brown has repeatedly raised concerns that, should he win the race, Democrats in the Bay State and in Washington would plot to delay his swearing in until the health- care reform bill passes, robbing him of the chance to be the critical 41st vote against the plan.

That prompted Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, to come out swinging for Brown, demanding that the Republican be seated without delay if he prevails in Tuesday’s special election.

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